For my card this week I kept it simple because unfortunately I have been dealing with some things one of which is my health has decided to flare up and when it does it causes me more pain than usual. Plus I have been a bit stressed because a dear friend and fellow firefighter that works with my husband lost his home to a house fire caused by a lightning strike and then I have also been worrying about my brother who had surgery. When I am stressed it unfortunately increases my pain even more. So because I have had more pain than usual it was difficult to sit at my desk for a long period. My daughter was super sweet as always because after I made my card she set up my Foldio 2 and took the pictures for me. My daughter who is only 12, truly has to be the kindest and sweetest person I know. I am not just saying that because she's my daughter either. Her heart is absolutely the purest and most loving heart in the world. She did a pretty good job on the pictures too. Some were a little crooked and she didn't put the backdrop into the Foldio 2 but I am not complaining one bit because let's be honest, she didn't have to help me out at all. She could have just let me suffer with my pain, lol!
My card this week is a standard A2 side-folding card measuring 4 ¼" x 5 ½". For the background I used two different color ink pads to stamp two different size butterflies. The ink pads are very similar in color, just one is a little darker than the other. If you don't have two shades that are similar then you could just use "2nd generation" stamping, which is where you stamp the image with a fully inked stamp on a scratch piece of paper and then immediately re-stamp the image on your card without re-inking the stamp. If you want to just use one stamped image rather than two, then you would stamp the fully inked image on your card and then re-stamp the second time on your card as well without re-inking. If you really wanted to kick it up a notch then you could even try "3rd generation" stamping which is stamping a third time without re-inking your stamp. 2nd and 3rd generation stamping can be a great way to save money on ink pads because you can get a dark, medium, and light ink color from just one stamp pad all by using generation stamping. It's really a lot of fun to play around with your inks and generation stamping! You will be amazed with how many shades of ink you really can get from just one ink pad so I highly recommend you play around and see what you come up with.
I also added a little handmade bow to my card using my Bow It All 2.0, but if you don't have this tool you can always make a bow using a fork, two fingers, or something as simple as two nails hammered into a piece of wood. That's basically wraps up my card. The only other thing I did wast cutting out the stitched rectangles and ovals using dies and my Big Shot Machine. Oh, I did add a little butterfly to the inside of my card and as you know I always decorate the back of my cards so I added a little butterfly to the back as well. If I was feeling better I would have die cut out some butterflies, but stamping was so much quicker and easier on me this week ;) I greatly appreciate you all stopping by my blog today and I hope you enjoyed my card! I would love it if you would take a moment to leave a little comment as well as subscribe to my blog. It lets me know that you like what I am doing and that you want me to make more :) Thanks so much again and I wish you all a super blessed week!
Stampin' Up - Crisp Cantaloupe Cardstock
Stampin' Up - Crisp Cantaloupe Ink Pad
Stampin' Up - Blushing Bride Ink Pad
May Arts - 3/4" Pink Twill Chevron Ribbon
My Creative Time - Scalloped Stitched Oval Dies
My Creative Time - Stitched Rectangular Frame Dies & More
Tombow Dot Adhesive
Scotch Foam Mounting Tape
Georgia Pacific White Cardstock
Card/Plate holder purchased from Michael's Crafts
The Stamps of Life - Custom Made Personalized Stamp (used to stamp very back of card)
Michele R Designs - Custom Made Personalized Watermark
Sizzix Big Shot Machine
Sizzix Magnetic Platform
Foldio 2 Portable Photo Studio
American Crafts/Cut Up 9" Paper Trimmer
American Crafts/Cut Up Cartridge Paper Trimmer
Zutter Bow It All Tool (I used it to make my bow)
CropStop Linky Party #7
Simon Says Stamp Citrus with a Twist
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